Never Thought I’d Be Thanking The Biggest Loser!

But research published this year in the journal Obesity changed my mind! The authors followed 14 contestants from the 2009 season of The Biggest Loser for six years, and found that more than half of them have regained a significant amount of weight.

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Ways to manage weight re-gain.

Say It Isn’t True!
This news is discouraging for those of us in the fitness industry. We try to give our clients hope in their ability to reach their goals, which often include substantial weight loss. We certainly don’t want to help folks reach their weight loss dreams, only to re-gain those pounds over the years.

The Science Behind Weight Re-gain
When researchers looked at what caused weight re-gain for The Biggest Loser competitors, they found the following:

It seems that losing weight decreases the body’s resting metabolic rate (RMR), which is the amount of energy (read: calories) it takes to maintain minimal body functions while at rest. This doesn’t sound too bad, until you realize that RMR represents 60% – 75% of the body’s total energy (again, read: caloric) expenditure.

So in the years following their triumphant weight loss, the contestants’ bodies started to sabotage them. Researchers reported that RMR dropped an average of 704 calories! This means these folks needed 704 calories less to “live” at their new weight compared to their RMR at the start of the show. To put that in perspective, 700 calories is about a third of the total calories most women need to maintain their weight, and the equivalent of almost five hours of brisk walking!

Yikes! So with these dismal results came the headlines, “dieting makes you fat!”

What You Can Do
With this doom and gloom, what’s a person to do? Here are a few best practices to maintain weight loss from recent research and the experience of successful weight losers in the National Weight Control Registry, as reported by the American Council on Exercise:
1) For successful weight loss and maintenance of a large number of pounds, strive first to lose just 10% of your weight, and maintain that for one year before trying to lose more.
2) Weight yourself frequently.
3) Prevent small regains from becoming larger relapses.
4) Keep a consistent diet during the week and weekends.
5) Consistently eat a low-calories diet.

Want to learn more about eating habits for successful weight loss? Then please join me for my live workshop, “7 Truths About Weight Loss!”

I’ll teach you the simple techniques my clients have used to reach their fitness goals.

I’m super excited to announce this event, which I’ve been wanting to launch for several months now.
It happens on Monday, September 19, 2016, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm PST.

Get ready to learn from the *latest research* about food, exercise and weight control–information I can’t wait to share with you! “7 Truths About Weight Loss” addresses your questions and doubts and shows you how to be successful weight journey.

The regular price for this workshop is $147, but I’m offering it FREE, and you can bring a friend!
Location: Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula, CA 92592
Click here to register or call 951 533-2612.

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